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Italian Ramadan: A Rose With Thorns

| 17/09/2009 | Reply
Italian Ramadan: A Rose With Thorns

A taste of Ramadan and its economic potential for Halal in Italy.

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Retailers and brands target ethnic markets

| 16/09/2009 | Reply
Retailers and brands target ethnic markets

LONDON – A growing number of mainstream clothing, fast-food and confectionery brands are developing products for ethic groups.

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France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

| 15/09/2009 | Reply
France’s army embraces its Muslim soldiers

Muslims in France’s army who go on
the pilgrimage to Mecca this year will not have to travel on private
commercial flights or bunk with ordinary civilians. In a break from
tradition, the Defence Ministry will provide a plane to fly them to
Saudi Arabia and organize their stay.

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Poultry demand rises in Turkey during Ramadan

| 14/09/2009 | Reply
Poultry demand rises in Turkey during Ramadan

“Poultry exports have exploded recently. Our annual poultry exports,
which used to stand at 25,000 tons annually, increased to 100,000 tons
within the past couple of years,” said Necmettin Çal??kan, general director of Beyza Piliç, a
poultry producer based in the southern city of Adana. Many Muslim countries
prefer to import poultry from Turkey, he added.

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McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

| 11/09/2009 | Reply
McFalafel owner to fight for his prefix

Salam,
who moved to Canada from the Palestinian Territories five years ago,
says he sank $14,000 into menus and signs for his restaurant called ‘McFalafel’, which
serves halal shawarma, shisk taouk and, of course, falafel, and
registered with the city. He didn’t know there was a problem until two
months ago, when McDonald’s lawyers sent him a letter asking him to
change his restaurant name.

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France: Growing halal market

| 25/08/2009 | Reply
France: Growing halal market

According to a recent study by the Solis agency, which specializes
in ‘ethnic marketing’, the halal market (in France) is valued at close
to 4 billion euro for 2009, and is estimated to grow at annual rate of
15%. According to Solis, 93% of North Africans and 55% of sub-Saharan
Africans buy halal products.

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Committee works to draft halal food standards

| 17/07/2009 | Reply
Committee works to draft halal food standards

Working
under the supervision of the Islamic Development Agency (?KT), the
Halal Standards Preparation Committee, established by experts from 52
countries, has recently produced a draft of mutually agreed upon
standards. The newly prepared standard draft was reviewed by experts in
a meeting in Ankara this April. It is expected that the halal standards
will be given their final shape following a conference to be held in
?stanbul in October. The Foreign Trade Undersecretariat (DTM), the
Turkish Standards Institute (TSE) and Turkish Accreditation Agency have
all taken part in the committee’s deliberations.

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Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

| 28/06/2009 | Reply
Canada Eyes Major Investment Opportunities in Brunei

Given Brunei’s leadership in the establishment of Halal food and
pharmaceutical standards, Mr Wendell Sanford, High Commissioner of Canada to Brunei
Darussalam, said, Canadian firms are looking
closely at Brunei as a logical location to both market and manufacture
Halal food and medicinal-products.

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Animal rights outcry at Euro slaughter decision

| 26/06/2009 | Reply
Animal rights outcry at Euro slaughter decision

Animal rights groups have reacted with outrage at a European
Union ruling earlier this week protecting Jewish and Muslim methods of
slaughtering animals.

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Global Halal Conference at Anuga 2009

| 23/06/2009 | Reply
Global Halal Conference at Anuga 2009

News from the Anuga Trade Show that is held in Cologne, Germany 10-14 Oct. 2009:

“Halal” food
and beverages is one of the food industry’s most dynamically growing
product groups, a trend that also can be served by European suppliers,
of course. Due to the fact that especially Muslim communities are
growing in numbers, a further growth of the demand for Halal Food is
one of the fastest and effective growing food sectors in the world and
will remain so for many years. With the first “Global Halal Conference”
at Anuga featuring the participation of experts from all over the
world, we want to emphasize and highlight this aspect.

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Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Ban on Electric Stunning in the EU?

Are you ready to give up electrical stunning?  You could have no
choice.  Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton from www.meatingplace.com attended the Annual meeting of the European Branch
of World Poultry Science’s Poultry Welfare Conference, and this is what she heard when she was there, and her view on it.

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Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

| 30/05/2009 | Reply
Foodservice customers seeking healthy, local meat

Sodexo Canada provides dining services globally in college, corporate,
government and healthcare facility cafeterias, as well as sports
arenas, retirement community dining rooms and a number of other venues.
As the executive chef at Sodexo Canada, Suman Roy has a front-row seat
to North American consumer preferences when it comes to protein
choices. Meatingplace asked him to share his insights.

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Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

| 24/05/2009 | Reply
Exports are Turkey’s first venture into halal market

Following
the global trend in the certification of halal foods, goods prepared in
accordance with Islamic law, the Food Auditing and Certification
Research Association (G?MDES) has become the first body to issue halal
certificates in Turkey, currently for foodstuffs that are being
exported outside the country.

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Little Halal store on the Prairies

| 14/05/2009 | Reply
Little Halal store on the Prairies

Pakistani immigrants Marjan Shah and Mehboob Ahmad open Regina, Saskatchewan’s first Halal store.

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Bringing the Halal to Saint John

| 01/05/2009 | Reply
Bringing the Halal to Saint John

A new online Halal grocery store specializing in East Indian and Middle Eastern foods has begun operating in Saint John.

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Italian dining experience – the halal way

| 18/04/2009 | Reply
Italian dining experience – the halal way

This is an article on a new Halal restaurant concept in the UK bringing Halal Italian food for the first time to the Muslim community of Bradford. This is not just for whetting their appetite for European food but also for health reasons, to combat the problems of diabetes in the Asian Community, by offering Mediterranean food.

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Halal and Organic…Finally!

| 08/04/2009 | Reply
Halal and Organic…Finally!

Although Halal is coming into its own as a food group, and Organic is
already mainstream, the words Halal and Organic are rarely seen
together. HalalFocus was surprised and pleased to come across BlossomPure in Toronto, suppliers of Halal Organic meat

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Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

| 31/03/2009 | Reply
Cargill adds remote video auditing at slaughter plants

Cargill
said Monday it has begun implementing a third-party video auditing
program to bolster the company’s animal welfare protection systems and
will have the program in place at all of its U.S. beef slaughter plants
by the end of 2009. I wonder if this practise will find its way into their Better Beef plant in Canada, and other facilities in the Halal sector?

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Turkey plans Halal trade expo in August

| 26/03/2009 | Reply
Turkey plans Halal trade expo in August

HALALISTEXPO
– Halal Products Trade Fair will be held at Istanbul Exhibiton Center
between August 13th and 16th. It is expected that hundreds of companies
from around the world will join Halalistexpo and 3 billion dollars
worth of trade is targeted.

NB Dates changed to 4-7 Feb 2010.

See www.halalistexpo.com for details

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Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

| 25/03/2009 | Reply
Don’t be sheepish about a new industry

British Columbia currently supplies
less than 25 per cent of the domestic lamb market. That means that
three-quarters of the lamb consumed in this province is imported from
Alberta, the United States, or New Zealand. At one of the Saturday
agriculture discussions last year we heard about a sheep farmer in New
Zealand who regularly sold his entire flock to a processor in Surrey,
B.C.

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